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Entry from April 14, 2018
“You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic”

"You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “You can’t have a million dollar dream with a bankrupt mindset. Think rich!” was posted on Twitter by Dr. Eddie Connor, Jr. on June 25, 2011, and in his book Heal Your Heart (2014).

“You can’t have a million dollar dream w/ a minimum wage work ethic” was posted on Twitter by The PR Girl on December 28, 2011. “You can’t have a million dollar dream w/o a minimum wage work ethic” was posted on Twitter on July 17, 2013, when the saying became popular.

“‘You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.’ - Stephen Hogan” was posted on Twitter on February 18, 2014. Stephen C. Hogan is usually given credit for the saying, and he explained it several times on tweets on April 12, 2018. However, it does not appear that he said this first.


Twitter
Dr. Eddie Connor
@EddieConnorJr
You can’t have a million dollar dream with a bankrupt mindset. Think rich!
10:09 AM - 25 Jun 2011

Twitter
The PR Girl
@NiqueHollywood
“You can’t have a million dollar dream w/ a minimum wage work ethic” I’m on my @Wale #nodaysoff
3:44 PM - 28 Dec 2011

Twitter
B£NJI.
@BenjiHussle
You Can’t Have A Million Dollar Dream, With A 10 Dollar Work Ethic.
11:57 AM - 27 Dec 2012

Twitter
Alton J. Wallace™
@iGottaBig__
You can’t have a Million dollar dream, but a $2 work ethic, and complain about how life is mistreating you…
3:01 PM - 21 Jan 2013

Twitter
DF_NB
@1dubbie
You can’t have a million dollar dream w/o a minimum wage work ethic.
4:26 PM - 17 Jul 2013

Twitter
Skrizzy
@youngscrap
you can’t have a million dollar dream with a Minimum wage work ethic.
10:20 AM - 18 Jul 2013

Twitter
Andre Carr
@Dremusic
You can’t have a million dollar dream with a mini-wage work ethic
4:58 AM - 26 Aug 2013

Twitter
Edgar Esteves
@edgarestevess
You Can’t Have a Million Dollar Dream with a Minimum Wage Work Ethic 💰
9:36 AM - 27 Aug 2013

Google Books
Heal Your Heart:
Discover How To Live, Love, And Heal From Broken Relationships

By Dr. Eddie Connor Jr.
Royal Oak, MI: Eddie Connor Enterprises
2014
Pg. ?:
You can’t have a million dollar dream, with a bankrupt mindset.

Twitter
Charissa Lauren Collective
@CharissaxLauren
“You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.” - Stephen Hogan via @MBAprgirl @nycprgirls
5:08 PM - 18 Feb 2014

Twitter
Jan V Hanna
@jvhanna
“You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic” -Stephen C. Hogan http://instagram.com/p/l88aY5CGKy/
12:30 AM - 25 Mar 2014

Google Books
Extreme Winning
By Pat Williams with Peter Kerasotis
Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc.
2015
Pg. 97:
“You can’t have a million-dollar dream and a minimum-wage work ethic.” —Anonymous

Facebook
Entrepreneur
November 2, 2015 ·
“You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.”—Stephen C. Hogan

26 December 2015, AllAfrica.com (Washington, DC), “Idea Is ‘Wealth’ in Waiting”:
“You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic."-Anonymous

23 February 2017, The Guardian (London, UK), “The UK, where falling in love with a foreigner is only for the better off” by Giles Fraser, pg. 28:
That was the day the delightful Kim Kardashian posted an “inspirational” quote on Snapchat: “You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.” What on earth would she know about a minimum-wage work ethic?

Twitter
Stephen C. Hogan
@StephenCHogan
Replying to @JJWatt
The quote isn’t about wages… it’s about work ethic. And it’s not just meant monetary… but your dreams period. Not every million dollar dream is about money, anymore than money is always the definition of “success”.
12:19 PM - 12 Apr 2018

Twitter
Stephen C. Hogan
@StephenCHogan
Replying to @xRazuux @Xzode57 and 2 others
This is about ambition, drive. I know… I wrote it. I grew up minimum wage… blue collar hard working family. They made minimum wage, but their work ethic was a million dollars. They no longer earn minimum wage, nor were millions of dollars actually their million dollar dream.
12:53 PM - 12 Apr 2018

Twitter
Stephen C. Hogan
@StephenCHogan
Replying to @TucoPacifico911
Hey, I wrote this poor, struggling with a newborn. But my writing is always left to the readers interpretation. This quote means a million different things to a million different people. My million dollar dream was simply a better life for my family.💯❤️
1:11 PM - 12 Apr 2018

Twitter
Stephen C. Hogan
@StephenCHogan
Replying to @Sportz_Fan7 @xRazuux and 3 others
Was the only one “they” meant to deliver. 💯❤️ Written years ago… from words they first used to motivate themselves. Only, not for money. Their million dollar dream...? Was family, community, and leaving a positive impact on this world. Again, it’s all interpretation.
1:44 PM - 12 Apr 2018

Twitter
Stephen C. Hogan
@StephenCHogan
Replying to @xRazuux @Xzode57 and 2 others
What if I told you, not every million dollar dream is about money? What if I told you that it’s not the quote, but your interpretation of the quote? That maybe their million dollar dream was simply to make a positive impact on the world.? Perspective
1:50 PM - 12 Apr 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Saturday, April 14, 2018 • Permalink